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- Art, Nature, Meditation and Expressive Arts: Reflections At Guild Park
- Art and Nature Meditation: Friends of Guild Park
- Art and Meditation: Exploring Visual Art and Meditation
- Expressive Art Workshops
1. Art, Nature, Meditation and Expressive Arts Program
Reflections At Guild Park (Summer 2022)
Part of National Trust For Canada's 2022 Historic Places Days.
Guided nature walk, meditation and expressive art workshop exploring the rich colours of oil pastels. No experience necessary with art or meditation. All materials are supplied.
Get started just by “breaking the crayon”!
Led by: John Mason, President Friends of Guild Park and Gardens, and Carol Knowlton-Dority, Visual Artist/Educator
View a presentation with further details here.
"I create Expressive Art experiences for children, adults, multi-generational and special interest groups. My programming may combine a nature walk, meditation, a meditation on a painting, as well as Expressive Art activities. These programs are provided by educational, arts, cultural, nature, social support services and organizations." - Carol Knowlton-Dority
Observe Visual Art through the quieting practice of meditation, guided visual exploration of artwork, small group discussion and personal reflection.
Open to all levels of meditation practice. No experience with visual art is necessary.
Past programs at: Cedar Ridge Cultural Centre (City of Toronto), Jaya Yoga Centre, St. John the Divine Convent
4. Expressive Arts Workshops
I create Expressive Art experiences for children, adults, multi-generational and special interest groups. My programming is provided by educational, arts, cultural, nature, social support services and organizations.
Expressive Arts Workshops encourage reflective observation of paintings and art activities designed to engage participants with their own exploration of inner experiences. Using simple art materials, guided discovery and problem solving challenges that emphasize divergent, interpretive thinking, workshop participants have opportunity to see, feel, imagine and reflect as they work with art materials.
While supporting individual expression, Expressive Arts activities also encourage collaborative learning and interaction with others.
Expressive Arts are a widely accessible means of language and culture neutral communication, learning and experience for participants, and are therefore recommended as an effective and highly equitable approach for learning, personal expression and social communication.
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- Exploring the Work of Great Artists
- Exploring Paper Sculpture Techniques
- Reflections at Guild Park and Gardens
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I have led workshops for City of Toronto, Scarborough Arts, Friends of the Guild, University of Toronto, St. John the Divine Convent, and throughout the Toronto District School Board.